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A REGION IS A COLLECTION OF CITIES, COUNTIES AND TOWNS THAT SHARE A COMMON HISTORY , GEOGRAPHY , CULTURE OR INTEREST AND STRIVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR ALL OF THEIR CITIZENS. HAMPTON ROADS BECAME AMERICA S FIRST REGION AS A RESULT OF A MOMENTOUS EVENT IN 1607. ON APRIL 26 OF THAT YEAR, THREE SHIPS, THE SUSAN CONSTANT , GODSPEED AND DISCOVERY , LANDED AT WHAT IS TODAY VIRGINIA BEACH. EIGHTEEN DAYS LATER, AFTER EXPLORING LOCAL RIVERS AND BAYS, THEY ARRIVED AT JAMESTOWN WHERE THEY ESTABLISHED THE FIRST PERMANENT ENGLISH- SPEAKING SETTLEMENT IN THE NEW WORLD. TODAY , VIRGINIA BEACH AND JAMESTOWN REMAIN THE BOUNDARIES OF HAMPTON ROADS, AMERICA S FIRST REGION. OUR REGION INCLUDES 19 SEPARATE LOCALITIES. MANY PEOPLE TRAVEL FROM ONE TO ANOTHER FOR WORK, SCHOOL, WORSHIP , RECREATION OR TO VISIT RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. EACH CITY , COUNTY OR TOWN HAS A UNIQUE HISTORY , DIFFERENT ELECTED LEADERS AND OTHER DISTINCT FEATURES, BUT THEY ARE CONNECTED BY THEIR PROXIMITY AND INTERDEPENDENCE. After landing at Cape Henry on Virginia’s Atlantic Coast, 104 explorers establish the first English speaking settlement in the New World at Jamestown. St. Luke’s Church in Isle of Wight County opens. It remains to this day the oldest existing church of English foundation in America. The most serious slave rebellion in U.S. history, led by preacher Nat Turner, occurs in Southampton County. It results in the deaths of 58 whites and an unknown number of blacks. Turner and his followers were captured, tried and 20 were hanged. Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company is chartered by Collis P. Huntington. It would become the world’s largest shipyard and the Navy’s sole contractor for aircraft carriers. Walter Reed is born in Gloucester County. As a U.S. Army physician, his theory confirms that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquitoes, rather than by direct contact, allowing the completion of work on the Panama Canal. The Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia is rebuilt in Portsmouth, using the burned-out hull of USS Merrimack. Virginia subsequently engages the Union ironclad USS Monitor in the famous Battle of Hampton Roads, ushering in a new era of naval warfare. Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute opens with a mission to prepare promising young African-American men and women to lead and teach their newly-freed people. Today Hampton University is one of the nation’s most prominent historically black colleges and universities. Yorktown in York County is the site of the surrender of General Cornwallis to General George Washington in 1781, ending the American Revolutionary War. The Battle of Great Bridge in today’s Chesapeake results in the capture of Norfolk by the Patriots and the effective end of British rule in Virginia. The Jamestown Exposition, held at Sewell's Point in Norfolk, commemorates the 300th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. It attracts millions of visitors including President Theodore Roosevelt. A decade later, the Norfolk Naval Base is built on the site. The recreation of Colonial Williamsburg, one of the largest historic restorations ever undertaken, is well underway. It is championed by the Reverend Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who wanted to cele- brate the patriots and the early history of the United States. The town of Franklin, established in 1876, becomes a city and grows over the next 35 years to its current size of 8.75 square miles. Smithfield celebrates its 250th anniversary by creating the world’s largest ham buscuit. It is eight feet wide, 14 inches tall and contains 500 pounds of famous Smithfield Ham. Poquoson officially becomes a city. An Indian word, “poquoson” describes a boundary, typically a stream, river or creek and its adjoining marsh, that lies between two tracts of higher growth. Virginia’s first nuclear power plant opens on Hog Island in Surry County. Today it generates 1,625 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 400,000 homes in Hampton Roads. Hotel guests in Virginia Beach watch the wreck and rescue efforts of the Norwegian barque Dictator. The ship's figure- head becomes the inspiration for the current Norwegian Lady monuments which were dedicated in 1962 in Virginia Beach and Moss, Norway. Italian immigrant Amedeo Obici moves from Pennsylvania to Suffolk and opens Planters Nut and Chocolate Company. Today Suffolk continues to be a major peanut processing center. W e L i v e i n H a m p t o n R o a d s , A m e r i c a s F i r s t R e g i o n w w w . a m e r i c a s f i r s t r e g i o n . c o m The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a 23-mile long facility that connects the Eastern Shore with Virginia Beach, opens for traffic. It is named "One of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World" in a worldwide competition. 1862 1862 1607 1607 1632 1632 1775 1775 1781 1781 1831 1831 1851 1851 1868 1868 1886 1886 1891 1891 1907 1907 1912 1912 1927 1927 1961 1961 1964 1964 1972 1972 1975 1975 2002 2002
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  • A REGION IS A COLLECTION OF CITIES, COUNTIES AND TOWNS THAT

    SHARE A COMMON HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, CULTURE OR INTEREST

    AND STRIVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE

    LIFE BETTER FOR ALL OF THEIR CITIZENS.

    HAMPTON ROADS BECAME

    AMERICAS FIRST REGION AS

    A RESULT OF A MOMENTOUS

    EVENT IN 1607.

    ON APRIL 26 OF THAT

    YEAR, THREE SHIPS,

    THE SUSAN CONSTANT,

    GODSPEED AND

    DISCOVERY, LANDED

    AT WHAT IS TODAY

    VIRGINIA BEACH. EIGHTEEN DAYS LATER, AFTER EXPLORING

    LOCAL RIVERS AND BAYS, THEY ARRIVED AT JAMESTOWN

    WHERE THEY ESTABLISHED THE FIRST PERMANENT ENGLISH-

    SPEAKING SETTLEMENT IN THE NEW

    WORLD. TODAY, VIRGINIA BEACH

    AND JAMESTOWN REMAIN THE

    BOUNDARIES OF HAMPTON ROADS,

    AMERICAS FIRST REGION.

    OUR REGION INCLUDES 19 SEPARATE LOCALITIES. MANY

    PEOPLE TRAVEL FROM ONE TO ANOTHER FOR WORK,

    SCHOOL, WORSHIP, RECREATION OR TO VISIT RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.

    EACH CITY, COUNTY OR TOWN HAS A UNIQUE HISTORY, DIFFERENT ELECTED

    LEADERS AND OTHER DISTINCT FEATURES, BUT THEY ARE CONNECTED BY THEIR

    PROXIMITY AND INTERDEPENDENCE.

    After landing at Cape Henry on Virginias Atlantic Coast,104 explorers establish the first English speaking settlementin the New World at Jamestown.

    St. Lukes Church in Isle of Wight County opens. It remainsto this day the oldest existing church of English foundationin America.

    The most serious slave rebellion in U.S. history, led bypreacher Nat Turner, occurs in Southampton County. Itresults in the deaths of 58 whites and an unknown numberof blacks. Turner and his followers were captured, triedand 20 were hanged.

    Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company ischartered by Collis P. Huntington. It would become theworlds largest shipyard and the Navys sole contractor foraircraft carriers.

    Walter Reed is born in Gloucester County. As a U.S. Armyphysician, his theory confirms that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquitoes, rather than by direct contact,allowing the completion of work on the Panama Canal.

    The Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia is rebuilt inPortsmouth, using the burned-out hull of USS Merrimack.Virginia subsequently engages the Union ironclad USSMonitor in the famous Battle of Hampton Roads, usheringin a new era of naval warfare.

    Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute opens with amission to prepare promising young African-American menand women to lead and teach their newly-freed people.Today Hampton University is one of the nations mostprominent historically black colleges and universities.

    Yorktown in York County is the site of the surrender ofGeneral Cornwallis to General George Washington in 1781,ending the American Revolutionary War.

    The Battle of Great Bridge in todays Chesapeake results inthe capture of Norfolk by the Patriots and the effective endof British rule in Virginia.

    The Jamestown Exposition, held at Sewell's Point inNorfolk, commemorates the 300th anniversary of thefounding of Jamestown. It attracts millions of visitorsincluding President Theodore Roosevelt. A decade later, theNorfolk Naval Base is built on the site.

    The recreation of Colonial Williamsburg, one of the largesthistoric restorations ever undertaken, is well underway. It ischampioned by the Reverend Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who wanted to cele-brate the patriots and the early history of the United States.

    The town of Franklin, established in 1876, becomes a cityand grows over the next 35 years to its current size of 8.75square miles.

    Smithfield celebrates its 250th anniversary by creating theworlds largest ham buscuit. It is eight feet wide, 14 inchestall and contains 500 pounds of famous Smithfield Ham.

    Poquoson officially becomes a city. An Indian word,poquoson describes a boundary, typically a stream, riveror creek and its adjoining marsh, that lies between twotracts of higher growth.

    Virginias first nuclear power plant opens on Hog Island in Surry County. Today it generates 1,625 megawatts ofelectricity, enough to power 400,000 homes in HamptonRoads.

    Hotel guests in Virginia Beach watch the wreck and rescueefforts of the Norwegian barque Dictator. The ship's figure-head becomes the inspiration for the current NorwegianLady monuments which were dedicated in 1962 in VirginiaBeach and Moss, Norway.

    Italian immigrant Amedeo Obici moves from Pennsylvaniato Suffolk and opens Planters Nut and Chocolate Company.Today Suffolk continues to be a major peanut processingcenter.

    We Live inHampton Roads,Americas First Region

    www.americasfirstregion.com

    The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a 23-mile long facilitythat connects the Eastern Shore with Virginia Beach, opensfor traffic. It is named "One of the Seven EngineeringWonders of the Modern World" in a worldwide competition.

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